2018 World Day for Safety and Health at Work

12 April 2018

2018 World Day for Safety and Health at Work

Build safe and healthy workplaces for young workers and future generations!


Saturday 28 April is World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers’ Memorial Day.  This is an important date for focusing on safety and health in your workplace and to honour those who have died from work-related injury or illness.


This year Safe Work Australia are promoting Generation Safe and Healthy, focusing on the workplace health and safety of our young workers and future generations.  Young workers (aged from 15-24 years) make up a substantial proportion of the workforce. They can bring energy, new ideas and a fresh perspective. However, young workers are also at an increased risk of workplace injury due to their lack of experience and maturity, and they may be less aware of workplace health and safety risks and responsibilities.


They may also be:

  • developing their skills, competencies and physical capabilities
  • unfamiliar with appropriate workplace behaviours
  • reluctant to make requests, ask questions or speak out about problems
  • overly keen to please and make a good impression, and
  • over-confident in their capabilities.

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Leadership is crucial

Employers, supervisors, managers and other leaders of young workers have the greatest influence on their attitude to workplace health and safety. They can help create safe and healthy environments for young workers, including by:

  • providing the right tools, training and supervision to complete their work safely
  • educating them about their workplace health and safety rights and responsibilities
  • empowering them to have the confidence to speak up about health and safety in the workplace, and
  • fostering a positive workplace culture that engages young workers in workplace health and safety.


Work health and safety duties

A PCBU (person conducting a business or undertaking) is ultimately responsible for workplace health and safety. They must ensure the health and safety of all workers so far as is reasonably practicable. This includes protecting young workers from both physical and psychological hazards.

As a young worker, you also have a responsibility to:

  • take reasonable care for your own health and safety at work
  • ensure you don’t adversely affect the health and safety of others
  • comply with any reasonable instructions given by the PCBU, and
  • co-operate with any reasonable health and safety policies and procedures.

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There are a number of useful workplace health and safety resources for young workers and their employers:


At SWF Group we are committed to providing you with the right Safety Equipment and Workwear for any work environment. We stock a comprehensive and innovative range of Workwear, Footwear, PPE, First Aid, Corporate Clothing, Site Safety, Protective Clothing, Safety Signs and Materials Handling Equipment.

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